Let me start off by saying, this post is not to promote a vegan lifestyle. I’m also not promoting not being vegan.
I was vegetarian for a large chunk of my life and transitioned into being vegan for a short while. I enjoyed both experiences, but realized vegan is not meant for me due to my culture, activity level, and other personal reasons. I admire people who can maintain the lifestyle and hope everyone can respect it from an unbiased mindset, including my decision to keep meat in my diet. Truth is, I don’t care for labels.
Even without being veg-anthing, I really don’t consume a lot of meat. I recently passed by a string of factory farms and since then, I’ve been super hyperaware of where my food comes from and how I can go about getting it. The stench just can’t be erased from my mind.
The Disconnection of Where Food Comes From
I was reading A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle, and in it he talks about how society has become completely disconnected from what is on their plate. We have been sheltered from the factory farming process and blinded from what animals live through to get on their plate. The constant argument is that meat has always been a part of a human’s diet, which is true, but people hunted for survival. Factory farming is not natural. Pumping chicken up with fluids is not natural. Cramping hundreds of pigs in a small space without a glimpse of daylight for their entire lives is not only cruel and unnatural, but calls for diseases. Spraying vegetables with chemicals is not natural. The Yulin Dog Meat Festival, which I find disgusting, has been around for years, but people are just now finding out about it because of Youtube and social media. It created an uproar, in part because it connected people’s emotions and minds about how that could be their house pet. But let me ask: how does it make Baconfest, [Insert City Name] Bacon Festival, and other pig-related festivals okay? Because they don’t slaughter pigs in public, but rather behind factory doors? (For those that want to argue that pigs and dogs are not the same, read this and let me know how they’re different than dogs.)
The Rest of the World
How is This Important to Me?
Well for one, when animals are genetically modified and pumped with hormones, how does that affect your body? If hormones are to make chickens fat, when we eat it, doesn’t it make us fat too? When animals are genetically modified, doesn’t it modify our cells too (…cancer)? The disconnection between people and farming is detrimental to not only animals, but to our own health.
Granted, I’m not perfect. I enjoy Taco Bell, which is my fast food vice. I drink diet coke occasionally after 8 years of not touching it. Like I said, I don’t eat a lot of meat generally, specifically pork and beef, but being in a relationship has changed that a quite a bit. It’s definitely harder when dating someone with a different diet than you, but it’s life and you will always come across people from different cultures and mindsets. I can only do the best I can in taking care of my own health and everything else in moderation. Recently, I realized I had sort of lost myself in that I wasn’t feeling in tune with my own body. Something just felt off and I decided to go back to how I used to eat before meeting my boyfriend and feel like myself again. Can I explain it? Not really, but I definitely feel a change.
Knowledge is Power and so is Action
Like I said in the beginning, I am not promoting a certain lifestyle. I’m implying that everyone can live to eat less animal products. Whether you believe anything on a spiritual level or not, there is karma in supporting industries that cause suffering upon other animals. It’s time to change the way we think about food.